An Animated Short Documentary
Written and Directed by Elizabeth Beecherl and Carla Patullo
Narrated by Lotte Reiniger
Once upon a time,
a young German artist ignited the world of animation
with shadows, light, and a pair of magical scissors.
Her name was Lotte Reiniger
Lotte was a rockstar of an animator. She invented the multiplane camera and created the first feature length animation. LOTTE THAT SILHOUETTE GIRL is an homage to her, told in Lotte’s style, with stop-motion shadow animation and through a lens of folktale storytelling. For many unjust reasons, Lotte is just a footnote in the history of film, but she revolutionized animation and made it what it is today. In this short animated documentary, Lotte’s puppets have come back to life to set the story straight.
In order to make this documentary, co-directors Beecherl and Patullo built a multiplane camera derived from Lotte’s original design, and they animated the PAPER-CUT puppets frame by frame on the glass planes in order to recreate the magical flicker and the ballet style dance so uniquely present in Lotte’s work.
Starring the Puppets of Lotte Reiniger
with Erica Hanrahan-Ball, Andrew Diego, and Sean Smith
Music & Sound Design by Carla Patullo (White Widow)
Animation by Elizabeth Beecherl
Additional Writing by Jennifer Maisel